This site is dedicated to the findings and philosophy of David Grove, originator of Clean Language, in the fields of psychotherapy, self-development, coaching and training.
If you are interested in the human condition you will find much that is new here, and in the process learn more about both the psychology and the step-by-step practicality of change. If you are a coach, counsellor, psychologist, therapist, trainer etc, a facilitator of others, you will learn how to progress your clients more easily and safely. They will find a path through the woods of their confusion very quickly indeed, and at the end of the day they will own their own process. They will heal themselves.
Philip Harland and Matthew Hudson
Philip is a psychotherapist with a background in analytic, humanistic and neuro-lingustic therapies. He trained in Clean Language in 1995-6 and began a long association with David Grove, working closely with him on the development of Emergent Knowledge and the Power of Six. He co-facilitated clients with David and is presently compiling a book, The Power of Six, that they planned together.
Matthew is a Clean Language, Emergent Knowledge and NLP therapist and trainer who was David Grove's assistant. He helped David categorize and give form to many of his theories and processes, particularly in the field of Emergent Knowledge and the Power of Six.
Philip and Matthew are committed to continuing David's work in his spirit of collaboration, innovation and experiment. David's aim was always to make his methods transparent and transferable. The Power of Six is not an elitist procedure, but a modus operandi for seeking solutions at any level of expertise or sophistication. It is a radically different approach to the medical model and to conventional therapies, and yet is entirely compatible with either.
David was born in New Zealand of Maori and European ancestry. His pioneering work in Clean Language, Clean Space and Emergent Knowledge place him as one of the world’s leading innovative psychotherapists.
David Grove taking a break from a Power of Six seminar in France in 2007
with collaborators Jennifer de Gandt and Philip Harland
Clean Language evolved as a response to clients' subjective experience of phobias, anxiety and trauma. It is a set of simple, powerful questions that help the client fully explore their unconscious metaphoric construction of the problem, resulting typically in a self-generated solution. Clean Space and Emergent Knowledge use space and movement in addition to language to achieve similar profound results.
The Power of Six developed from bringing together the principles of Clean Language, Clean Space and Emergent Knowledge and applying them in the fields of therapy, coaching and self-discovery.
For more on the history, principles and practices of Emergent Knowledge and the Powers of Six, click here.